I'm soooo excited the asparagus is starting to emerge!!! Here's one of 10 crowns I planted. This particular one has 4 spears emerging. This is the third year since planting so we can harvest and eat it for the first time this year! I seem to recall this variety of asparagus is called 'Jersey Knight'. Looks rather purplish, I don't think I knew Jersey Knight was a type of purple asparagus when I picked it out a few years ago, but it's all good. I hope it tastes good. I don't know, maybe it just has a slightly purplish appearance at this stage of development.
Here's one of the 8' x 4' raised beds. It has an experimental (experimental for me at any rate) paper mulch as you can see over 75% of the suface. The exposed area has peas planted way in back (where the poles are) and the rest has spinach. Given the frequency of really violent weather we're having this spring I don't expect much of the spinach to emerge. Many seeds were probably blown/washed away shortly after sowing, and I know for a fact critters got to some of the seeds. Not expecting much in the way of a spring garden this year.
(part of) front yard flower garden. Here are some of Mrs. Maister's daffodils and hyacinths (man, those things are pungent). The tulips have not yet sent up stalks but it should only be another week or two before they do.
Amazing when you consider we had 3 inches of snow on the ground on Monday.